Monday, 23 July 2012

Just Observations

It’s more than obvious now….that nothing much political can happen either in the Senate or House, in a political year. So I have a suggestion……we just do business in odd years, when no elections come up. The guys and gals can all stay home for the election year, and chat up things with their district or state. Got a crisis? Well….just let it simmer….like we are going doing with the postal situation, the economic situation, or the military budget situation.

If you are relying on some idiot sitting a thousand miles away in Washington to fix all the issues of your local high school and conduct the standards for your “Johnny Junior”, then you’ve mostly given up managing the local school district, and you really don’t need a board of education at the county level, or at the state level. Fire the guys and just pocket the tax money required. I’m guessing that you might realize that the 1,000 mile solution just isn’t on your top five hundred solutions to a better education system.

After sitting and watching the NCAA step into the Penn State mess, and issue out their fines and punishments….my final conclusion is that they only went half-way. Let’s also step into the arts department, the physics department, and all the other departments…..and cut their scholarships as well. And maybe the actual department heads ought to be penalized with cut funding here and there. It seems like more than the football heads were screwing up and the whole leadership chain of the university was not the kind of people you’d want to have around. And as for the football coach? It’s just another reason why no coach ought to stay around for more than five years.

I sat and watched an hour of Bio-TV last night….covering an actual murder in Florida from the 1990s. Apparently, the killer was a chemist expert who made various drug cocktails from scratch. Somewhere in their investigation, they came to find that he traveled with a friend across the US….picking up hitch-hikers, and handing out free cookies loaded with psychedelic ingredients. The cops didn’t care about that admission, but I sat there in shock. Over four days….they probably picked up a dozen folks, and you just don’t know what developed. Jack Junior might have been dropped off and then jumped off some bridge ten minutes later. Wanda might have been dropped off and then walked into a gas station to bash the owner in the head with a hammer. George might have been dropped off and just wandered off into the woods to die of starvation eventually. Just another reason to never hitch-hike with anyone.

I finally wised up and bought a hearing aid. This morning….my first full day….I came to realize that I’d been missing all these various car noises….the timing being off or the muffler being loose. I also rediscovered escalators having a humming noise as you ride up. These were all precious little noises that I’ve probably been missing for a decade….at least.

Some reports indicate around twenty-one folks with burnt feet….after attending some kinda inspirational “you-have-power” type seminar out in San Jose (“Unleash the Power Within” was the actual event). The guys running the mess had a bunch of regular charcoals set up and apparently still on maximum heat (not the low heat that normal fire-walkers would take). The authorities report a number of second and third degree burns via the local hospital. Frankly, my own observation….if you are that bad off and need some unleashing of inspiration and power….I’d suggest you drive home and just paint the garage on a 98-degree afternoon, or just haul some hay….it’d work just as well. The sad thing here….is some folks paid $350 to walk the charcoals……when you could have done in the backyard for $4 (Wal-Mart number two brand)….just make sure you let them simmer for two hours before walking.

The Truth About Disability

When I was a kid….if some guy from the local area was on disability….then the guy typically was an invalid in a wheelchair or he was missing a leg or something. It was a harsh situation, and disability probably paid for grocery money, gas for the truck, and maybe an extra $200 a month for various expenses. It wasn’t worth bragging about.

Sometime between the early 1970s and now……disability kinda grew. A guy can get $25k easily now off disability, and thus cover most regular expenses that you’d think of. Some guys….who get connected with government jobs….can walk away with $35k to $40k.

I knew a guy who did twenty years in the Air Force and got his pension deal of $1700 a month…..then turned around to claim 100 percent disability, and collect another $1900 a month from that disability stash of money. I know another guy who spoke up after Air Force retirement about a bad shoulder from a sports injury he had from 1982, and he collects around $425 in partial disability a month now from that shoulder that is only seventy-five percent functional (yeah, I know….most of us over fifty have that issue but we don’t brag about it much).

In small towns throughout the south now, with a thousand residents….you can estimate that at least twenty folks are collecting some form of disability. The curious thing in most cases….is that they still mow their grass….put up drywall…..repair car engines in their garage….change out septic tanks….and operate a chainsaw occasionally. Neighbors and relatives are typically amazed that the guy or gal collects disability while looking fairly good in terms of their physical ability.

As the trend grows…..I’m expecting some kids to get smart in the final year of high school….claiming a massive injury on the football field, and ask for social security to grant them a disability deal for the rest of their life. I’m also expecting more folks to have car accidents on a perfectly clear day…..then insist the brakes just gave out, and ask for one hundred percent disability. And I’m expecting some guys working for the government to claim they fell off the toilet and need 100 percent disability for something that was “wonked-up”.

At some point, the idiots in Congress will demand an audit….where every single guy gets called in and forced into another physical. Some guys on full disability…..will suddenly find that things are found to be better, and they only get thirty-percent disability now, which is not enough to live off. Some guys will be reported by their relatives or neighbors for lifting lumber off the truck, and get kicked completely off disability.

There will be this terrible….woeful trend….where guys show up at your house and all upset over their disability drying up. They spent five years…..maybe even eight years…..on some disability status, and just can’t see how they can go back to real work. You will sit and do your best to encourage them to ‘be strong’, and then comment that this might all be in God’s great plan of life…..then pulling out a Bible and wanting to quote scripture. Your associate will likely ease themselves out of your carport or front porch, and move on down the road to the next person to talk up their terrible problem.

The bottom line here….is that disability was supposed to be for guys who were laid up and never able to get around much. Somehow, we’ve convinced ourselves that just about anyone can qualify for disability these days, and the bucket of money for that….just won’t last.

To Put It Into Prospective

It won't be discussed much in the news....mostly because the news guys can't grasp or understand the details....but the Colorado shooter kid had this nifty degree program that he was working with....over the past year.  He was one of the three kids on the PhD program, who was working on a special project.

The US government was given a chance to fund, which they eagerly jumped into, a university project where the effects of PTSD (post-traumatic-stress-disorder) could be taken and possibly modified.  With a significant number of GI's coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan...with PTSD, it's been on the government's plate to find a way to manage disorder.

If you had PTSD....you'd be open to conduct violent actions, harm individuals with little to no logic, and be able to toss human behavior that you'd accepted as normal.

If you look at the Colorado shooter....he displays PTSD.  One might come to a logical conclusion that somewhere in the lab efforts with various drug applications.....he might have dosed himself on an occasion, and gotten some results that you weren't expecting....like getting PTSD when you didn't have it.

I doubt if the university or the lab want any review of what was going on within their spaces.  The prosecutor will just note all the evidence existing and prosecute the case "as is".  Maybe none of this really matters.  But it's just odd that you had a unique lab project over PTSD, and this one kid was a member of the lab team.

Maybe a dose of drug "X", and watching the Batman/Joker movie that same evening....did the job.  You just don't know.